Here at Momentum, we are currently celebrating our moments. We think you should, too. Whatever your dreams are, whatever goals you have, and all those items on your "someday" list—we believe that it's time for you to take action. To start where you are and simply begin. But we get how hard that can be. So over these next few days, we'll be sharing a series of blog posts from our ambassadors that will help you define (and chase down) your own special moment. Up first, Amanda from The Running Señora. She's here to help you understand that every moment has its place:
School started, and we are suddenly reminded that only a handful of months remain in the year. If you’re like me, perhaps you’ve revisited your that list you made on that snowy day back in January where you set your sights on some big goals for 2018. You have trained hard with great effort and perhaps you’ve already celebrated your accomplishments. Thinking back, those were your moments, and you are proud of them. Moving forward, you’re excited and somewhat overwhelmed wondering how, in these last months of 2018, you can do enough to victoriously embrace more of those moments. But…life.
The busyness of our days seems to drown us at times because we are pulled in all directions. Most days, we can lose hope that we won’t ever be able to have another one of those moments—the ones that bring joy and pride—for a long time. I know this because that’s exactly how I feel sometimes.
I am a wife to a traveling salesman, a mother of two young and active daughters, a musician, a teacher of all things (preschool and high school Spanish and violin), and a “professional recreational runner” who loves to inspire, motivate, and encourage others to move and be joyful. I love the community within my home, church, and neighborhood. I require much rest, fueling, and recovery in my intense training. My days are filled to the brim, overflowing with to-dos that never get scratched out. The life around me is busy.
Many of you would probably say the same thing about your schedules.
It has taken some time for me to come to this realization: It’s okay to be busy. It’s okay to enjoy life and the things that fill it up. It’s okay to lavishly pour love into the people around you. And it’s even more okay to put motion into your passions. “Saying no” and “taking it easy” aren’t natural phrases in our vocabulary on most days of the week—and that’s okay.
So if it’s okay for us to be busy, what does it looks like to put our heart and soul into our families, work, AND dreams? Do we have to give up something to gain something else? Do we resign to the idea of not having a social life so we can train for those athletic goals? Does our family have to suffer because we put so much time and effort into our job or hobbies?
My response is simple: NO. Someone once told me that “life is a balance of all the precious things. You give and you take away, and eventually you settle on what matters most.” But the older I’ve gotten and the more I have experienced, I’ve come to realize that life isn’t about balance. We don’t have to put our work, family, and hobbies on an even scale, nor do we have to sacrifice (time, sleep, money, relationships) in order to embrace our big moments. That mentality can be so oppressive and can keep us away from living out our dreams, whatever they are.
Instead, we should figure out how it can all work together. I like to view the 24/7 rush hour days filled with carpooling, fixing lunches, teaching children, cleaning house, working hard, paying bills, AND intensely training for an NYC qualifying half marathon as more of a harmony—all the things that drive me are mixed together seamlessly in life. It is an effort of simultaneously combining all those aspects to create a day that functions and allows for achievement.
I love that I can sleep, train, work, inspire, and laugh with family and friends through each compartment of life. Each has its place in the day, nothing overpowers the other, and they all thrive off one another. With this in mind, I chase down my goals, I celebrate them, and I embrace my moments with joy.
And you can, too. Take these months ahead to create that harmony in your life so that you can celebrate 2018 proudly. Remember, this is YOUR moment!
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